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October 20, 2010

My sermon from this past Shabbat addressed a number of very relevant issues – privacy, Facebook and how to dress in shul.

SHABBAT SERMON – OCTOBER 16, 2010
RABBI MITCHELL WOHLBERG
“PRIVACY”

On my desk at home I have a 27 inch iMac computer. When I travel I always take my MacBook Air with me. I have an iPhone so that I can stay in touch with my emails, and I also carry a second cell phone with better connection. I also have a Twitter account and a blog for my sermons. So, while I am the furthest thing from a “tech geek,” you could say I am wired and I have certainly entered the new world of technology. And yet, I don’t have a Facebook account. Facebook is everywhere now, even in movie theaters where its story, “The Social Network” is America’s most popular film. There are 500 million people in this world who are connected to Facebook … but I’m not one of them! And I will soon tell you why.

But first, there is a strange incident in this morning’s Torah portion where we are told that there was a famine in the land of Israel and so Abraham and his wife, Sarah, went to live in Egypt. Because of Sarah’s great beauty, Abraham feared that if the Egyptians knew the two of them were husband and wife, they would kill him in order to get their hands on her. And so, he told Sarah: when the Egyptians ask, say that you are my sister. And lo and behold, that’s what happened, and Sarah was taken into the house of Pharaoh. It was when Pharaoh and his entire household broke out in a plague that Pharaoh realized that something was going on. And as the Torah puts it: Pharaoh summoned Abraham and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she is your wife?” And eventually he had Abraham and Sarah escorted out of Egypt. READ MORE

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